2010 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field & Preview

The Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival comes to a close this Saturday as Eagle Farm hosts the final race meeting, AAMI Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The most anticipated day of the carnival, Saturday’s meeting is headlined by Queensland’s richest race, the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

This year the sprint feature has attracted a capacity field of 18 runners plus five emergencies, including the clear pre-race favourite Whobegotyou.

Trained by Melbourne Cup winning mentor Mark Kavanagh, four-year-old Street Cry gelding Whobegotyou is having just his second start this season after running a gallant second to Hot Danish in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 29.

Currently the short $3 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au, Whobegotyou has drawn mid-field with barrier nine for Saturday, which will suit the Michael Rodd mount perfectly.

Another highly fancied sprinter ready to fight it out in the Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday is Redoute’s Choice filly Melito. Sitting as the $6 second favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au, the Gerald Ryan-trained Melito has drawn ideally with barrier four and is coming off a succession of frustrating minor placings.

She has finished either second or third at her last three starts, all at Group 1 level, starting in April when she was runner-up in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Melito then placed second to Albert The Fat in the BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben before running third in the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last start.

Despite not being guaranteed a start unless one of the final field are scratched, the Bart Cummings-trained Latin News is the only other Stradbroke Handicap hopeful at single figure odds, currently paying $8 for a win at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Latin News is the first emergency, with David Pfieffer’s lightweight filly Graceful Anna the last to make the cut. The three-year-old Canny Lad filly is at $11 odds after drawing ideally with barrier two for Saturday.

The classy Tony Noonan-trained Ortensia has drawn out wide with barrier 21 while $26 chance Mic Mac represents good value paying $26 at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Saturday’s cracker line-up also boasts other great races including the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) for three-year-olds, the $500,000 Group 1 T J Smith for two-year-olds, the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) and the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m).

Keep up to date with all of these events, view the final fields and read the previews at Eagle Farm Races. And don’t forget to check out the odds and get in on the betting action at Ladbrokes.com.au to finish off your winter carnival with a big win!

2010 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Barrier

Weight (kg)

1
WHOBEGOTYOU
Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 9 57
2
BLACK PIRANHA
Con Karakatsanis Nash Rawiller 15 55.5
3
KING MUFHASA (NZ)
Stephen Mckee Sam Spratt 23 54.5
4
MIC MAC
Paul Messara Shane Scriven 17 54
5
ORTENSIA
Tony Noonan Craig Williams 21 53.5
6
ALBERT THE FAT
Eden Petrie Damian Browne 18 53
7
CATAPULTED
Mark Kavanagh Luke Nolen 13 53
8
SWIFT ALLIANCE
Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 8 53
9
PHELAN READY
Jason McLachlan Stathi Katsidis 10 52.5
10
RED LORD
Anthony Cummings Danny Nikolic 20 52.5
11
MR BARITONE (NZ)
Michael Moroney Jay Ford 11 52
12
CULMINATE (NZ)
Stephen Mckee Scott Seamer 5 51.5
13
GHETTO BLASTER
Gillian Heinrich Clare Lindop 1 51.5
14
MELITO
Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 4 51.5
15
BEADED
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 22 51
16
RUSSETING
Bart Cummings Jason Maskiell 14 51
17
SHELLSCRAPE
Chris Waller Timothy Bell 12 50.5
18
GRACEFUL ANNA
David Pfieffer Glen Boss 2 49.5
19e
LATIN NEWS
Bart Cummings Craig Newitt 7 50
20e
STRYKER
Chris Waller 16 49.5
21e
PRINCE BRAEMAN
Paul Perry 3 51
22e
MR UNFORGETTABLE
Kevin Moses 19 51
23e
MESSENGER
Anthony Cummings 6 51